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KN writes:

Not sure if you guys have seen this, from the United Nations on NBC (broadcast last month). Go to @7.44.

It’s probably an optical illusion, but if not, I’d like to remind our new insect overlords that as a trusted Broadsheet reader, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.


This afternoon.

United Nations, New York, New York, USA.

Top of the globalists, Ma.

LIVE: Taoiseach chairs UN Security Council climate talks (RTÉ)

Earlier: The Frog Chorus

This afternoon.

More as we get it.


This afternoon.

Trim, county Meath.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney held a press confernce at the Fine Gael think-in alongside Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to discuss the Sinn Féin motion of no-confidence in him over his handing of the Katherine Zappone UN appointment

Via Irish Times

Simon Coveney has said he did not act arrogantly in handling the “fiasco” of the Katherine Zappone appointment, ahead of a motion of no confidence in him tomorrow.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs said he was “embarrassed” by it, but stuck by the appointment of the former minister to a UN special envoy role in principle, while apologising for how it was handled.

“The first thing I’d say is that I’m embarrassed about this. This has been a fiasco since the issue was brought to Cabinet and approved by Cabinet,” he said, but returned to his defence of his motivation for the appointment, which he said was “appropriate”.

…“My role in this this has contributed to this becoming a political story that it didn’t need to become,” he said. “It is a real frustration and quite frankly an embarrassment for me to be the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons.”

Pull yourself together, man.

Coveney denies ‘arrogance’ in handling of Zappone appointment (Irish Times)

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

This morning.

Dublin Castle. Dublin 2.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan speaking to media before a meeting of the Cabinet.

He said most people who received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will have got their second jab by the time international travel restrictions are eased next month.

Responding to reports that hundreds of thousands waiting on their second dose will not be able to travel abroad, Mr Ryan said they would be getting texts in the coming weeks to attend appointments for their next inoculation.

“This mainly applies to those over 60 who have got a first AstraZeneca jab,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

Vaccine registration for people aged 30-39 set to open within week (Irish Times)

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews


Good times.

Global Goals (UN)


What Greta Thunberg told the UN: full speech (The Irish Times)

Small ads in irish newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s

This morning.

Today is International Day of the Disappeared.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has reiterated its call for the Government to ratify the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances (CED).


‘It is essential that government appropriately address the potential enforced disappearance of hundreds, if not thousands, of children from mother and baby homes and the ongoing legacy of harm caused by this.

In particular, we point to the failure to locate the burial site of 836 children at the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home and the failure to exhume the burial place of 796 children at Tuam as two examples of practices that could constitute enforced disappearances in this country.

If ratified CED, the State would be obliged to prevent the withholding of information and to impose sanctions on those who have information and do not share it.

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission has said they believe information was withheld from them, and indeed that Church bodies provided information which was “speculative, inaccurate and misleading”.

CED would require investigators to have the necessary powers and resources to conduct the investigation effectively.

Through its continuing failure to compel witnesses to give evidence to processes of investigation, the State is helping to hide the truth and ensuring families of the disappeared remain in the dark.

If it ratified CED, the State would also be obliged to hold the perpetrators of these human rights violations criminally accountable. ICCL is concerned that the government’s current strategy of investigation is hindering future access to evidence, and thereby preventing prosecutions, by prioritising secrecy over transparency.

We are particularly concerned that the Retention of Records Bill, which is currently passing through the Oireachtas, will seal all evidence given to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission for 75 years.

This is particularly worrying given that An Garda Síochána could not carry out prosecutions stemming from the Ryan report because of the Commission’s similar terms of reference.

In 2016, when the UN Committee Against Torture demanded to know why there had been no prosecutions, the State reported that the perpetrators identified in that report could not be named.

This approach to potential evidence of criminal wrongdoing is inexcusable, particularly given all that has come to light over the past year, including the falsification of adoption certificates, the possibility that the state was complicit in what could be considered child trafficking, and the ongoing struggle of adoptees to access their basic information, including birth certificates.

ICCL has repeatedly called for information to be provided to those who were illegally or forcibly adopted in Ireland during the twentieth century but the State has yet to respond appropriately.

Despite numerous apologies and gestures towards restorative justice for survivors of the cruel and inhumane system of institutionalisation of the most vulnerable in this country, the State is still not living up to its obligations to survivors or families of victims.

It must act to properly address the ongoing legacy and harm caused by the range of human rights violations that occurred in these institutions.’

ICCL calls for action on disappeared children (ICCL)

Tonight at 8pm.

Frances Black Live.


Earlier: Meanwhile in New York

Independent Senator Frances Black in New York to deliver today to UN delegates her Irish bill to prohibit trade with ‘occupied territories’ around the world.

In fairness.

Occupied Territories Bill?

Related: Bryan Wall: Dear Minister

Previously: Why A Trade Ban Is Mandatory

Meanwhile, Outside Leinster House

At The Seanad

Prime minister of Belgium, Charles Michel

Last night.

Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel offered his resignation to his country’s monarch King Philippe following a dispute with his former Flemish coalition partner, the N-VA, regarding the UN’s Global Compact on Migration.

Belgium will face a snap election next month.

The right-wing Flemish party quit the government after Mr Michel refused its demand to drop his support for the migration pact, and secured parliamentary approval to go ahead against its wishes.

It branded his weakened administration “the Marrakech coalition,” after the city where the accord was signed just over a week ago.

Its withdrawal left his French-speaking liberal MR supported only by two smaller Flemish parties.

The US dropped out of talks on the pact last year and countries including Italy, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Australia have rejected it.

The deal is expected to be ratified at the UN headquarters in New York on December 19.

Belgium PM Charles Michel resigns after government collapses in dispute over UN migration pact (Telegraph)

Belgian PM Charles Michel resigns after no-confidence motion (The Guardian)